New Zealand’s Earth Tongue share new single ‘Out Of This Hell’

Earth Tongue press photo
Photo: Izzie Austin

Fuzz rock duo Earth Tongue take a breath to release their third single, Out Of This Hell, lifted from their highly anticipated new release ‘Great Haunting,’ out June 14 via In The Red Records.

Out Of This Hell serves as the opening track of Earth Tongue’s upcoming album. Loosely based on the bubonic plague, it captures the eerie imagery of physicians who tended to victims in the 16th and 17th centuries, adorned in terrifying masks resembling bird-like beaks and draped in long black capes. The thought of encountering such a figure while lying on one’s deathbed makes the track fitting material for an album titled ‘Great Haunting’.

The video, directed by Levi Cranston, was filmed against the breathtaking backdrop of Anawhata and Whites Beach on the West Coast of Auckland, New Zealand. Cranston was the perfect collaborator for Earth Tongue’s vision. With a penchant for shooting on 16mm film, coupled with drummer Ezra Simons’ background as a director and his French cinema camera in tow, the group had everything they needed to create a gothic horror fantasy. Watch the video clip for Out Of This Hell via YouTube below.

“I couldn’t wait to unleash some screams like a wannabe scream queen. I even cried real tears for this! There’s something a little spooky about the West Coast, particularly at night when you’re standing in the cold wielding a knife for the camera. It’s such a wild, remote coastline and there weren’t any houses or people around for miles. I think that helped me with channelling that sense of isolation and turmoil,” says vocalist/guitarist Gussie Larkin of the experience.

Recording engineer Jonathan Pearce (The Beths), while searching for the right synth sound, started playing the vocal melody line then harmonising it, creating a creepy and psychedelic texture that the band instantly loved. The synth intro was added after the song was otherwise complete, as the band knew it was going to be the first song on the record and wanted a spooky and cinematic buildup to set the tone of the record.

Earth Tongue Great Haunting cover artwork

Great Haunting’ track listing

Out Of This Hell
Bodies Dissolve Tonight!
The Mirror
Grave Pressure
Miraculous Death
Sit Next To Satan
Reaper Returns
The Reluctant Host

New album ‘Great Haunting’ out June 14 Via In The Red Records – Pre-order

More about Earth Tongue

Earth Tongue is a Heavy Psych/Fuzz band hailing from Aotearoa, New Zealand, renowned for their spellbinding fusion of ethereal melodies and thunderous rhythms. Comprising of Gussie Larkin on guitar and vocals and Ezra Simons on drums, Earth Tongue has carved a niche within the global music scene, captivating audiences with their mesmerising live performances and transcendent sonic landscapes. Their debut album Floating Being’ (Stolen Body Records, 2019) quickly became an underground hit, seeing them embark on multiple tours across Australasia and Europe in the years since its release. Along the way, they’ve picked up high praise from Rolling Stone Australia, BBC Radio6, Undertheradar (NZ) and headbangers all over the world. Earth Tongue’s live show is a powerful, cult-like experience – the perfect mix of throw-your-horns-up heavy, and can’t-stop-listening catchy. This is affirmed by the high caliber support slots they’ve recently had, which include tours with IDLES, Ty Segall, King Woman, Kikagaku Moyo and Queens of the Stone Age, among others.

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